The Belgian law on biofuels

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The legal framework for biofuels in Belgium

Keywords: biofuel, Belgium, HVB, HVP, law, decree, Belgian Customs

Lawyer at the Brussels Bar
Lallemand-Legros & Associates
European Law Department


She was the EU legislation on biofuels spelled the end of our dependence on black gold in the transport sector? To the advent of an era of lignocellulosic technologies when auto sleek slip on our streets without harmful spit curls gray impregnated with carbon dioxide (CO2) ... A world where oil does more syncrétiserait the stakes hostage powers, wars in Iraq or in southern Nigeria; where time wind turbines, marine catchments, solar panels, biomass power would succeed room petrochemicals. Just like our childhood visions for a year 2000 "high-tech" green ...

The use of oil as fuel remains liable up to 84% of emissions CO2. The content CO2, greenhouse gas, currently at a record high in the atmosphere (1).

Now this high concentration of CO2 is recognized as the main cause of global warming with a consequent increase in the number of hurricanes, floods, droughts, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and other climate disruptions. The night oil, its price is increasingly prohibitive, yet our dependence against him gradually increases each year.

In order to curb this oxymoron of the transport sector, the European Commission has proposed legislation promoting the use of biofuels over 20% of European consumption of gasoline and diesel by 2020 and in accordance with the Protocol Kyoto 1997. In our race for clean, renewable energy, Belgium will have to reduce its atmospheric emissions CO2. Under the aegis of the philosophy of sustainable development, the EU institutions have implemented in 2003 a realistic legal framework for biofuels (I), requiring the urgent start of construction sites in the Belgian production units of agricultural resources (II) .

Community directives, a realistic legal framework for biofuels development

  • The directive of May 8 2003 (2003 / 30 / EC) to promote the use of biofuels or other renewable fuels for transport.
  • Directive 27 2003 October (2003 / 96 / EC) restructuring the Community framework for the taxation of energy products and electricity
  • The transposition into Belgian law, constrained by economic considerations to local caratère.

    Belgium is constrained by Community Directives to market petrol and diesel containing 2% biofuels before December 31 2005 and 5,75 from 2010%.


    Combine economic development, search for new markets, energy independence, greater respect for the environment, syncretizes interlacing essential assets biofuel. Agriculture, Economic changing sector in Europe, appears to be on track to a successful challenge by embarking on the production of raw material for biofuel. Green Biofuel certainly represents a realistic alternative to petroleum products and the diversification of energy sources. However, this major challenge of sustainable development remains an economical and ecological solution in the future still uncertain.

    Indeed, the race for clean energy does not mean the imminent end of our dependence on widespread veins of fluid black gold. Even more than a summary of 2005 of the geology department of the US government through the pinched nerve with a widespread illusion about the scarcity of oil, "there is still crude underground, we have so far pumped a third of the Earth's oil. "The year 2000" high-tech "green is not for tomorrow ...

    Source: DroitBelge.Net - News - October 13 2005

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